Pledge Cards – Our pledge cards for 2020 have been distributed, either by mail or in person. Please return your pledge card with by December 1. Your prompt return will allow your vestry to formulate a budget for next year.

City-wide Thanksgiving Service Choir – The massed-choir rehearsal for the city-wide service will be held this Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 am at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 806 Lincoln Ave., Suffolk, VA.

City-wide Thanksgiving Service – Save the date! There will be a city-wide Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, at East End Baptist Church. Bishop Clarence Russell, pastor at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, will be the speaker for the evening. The service will have a massed choir to support the worship service. Details about rehearsals are forthcoming.
November 17, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and Litany of Healing
Lessons for the Twenty-third Sunday after the Pentecost

First Lesson:  Isaiah 65:17-25
Canticle 9
Second Lesson:  2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Gospel:  Luke 21:5-19

Lay Participants for November 17, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary & David

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from November 10:
Formation Classes – All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am. We are continuing our study of the Acts of the Apostles. Please contact the church office for a copy of the text.

Soles-for-Souls – Edward Jones is sponsoring a shoe collection drive.  The program sends gently used shoes to people in need overseas. Please bring your used shoes to church to help this worthy cause. For more information see their website:

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday we sing the portion of the Psalter together using a metrical version of the Psalter from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber as we sing Canticle 9 (First Song of Isaiah) together.

Questions about the Episcopal Church and its Leadership – Over the coming weeks we will have a question about our Church and Leadership as part of our announcements and e-News. All are invited to think about and answer the week’s question. Answers will be provided the following week.
            Last week’s question and answer: Question Where and when was the first Lutheran congregation established in North America? Answer. The first Lutheran congregation was established at New Amsterdam (New York) in 1649.
            This week’s question: What are the three predominate branches of the Lutheran Church in the United States? Look for the answer next week.

Hospitality hour Sign-up – The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board; please sign-up for an upcoming Sunday. If you would like to help but cannot provide all the items for coffee hour/lemonade on the lawn any assistance, even a single item, will be graciously accepted.

Upcoming Parish Events – Tuesdays: Boy Scouts (7:00 – 8:30 pm); Nov. 13 – Village Garden Club; Nov. 18 – G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group; Ciara Estates HOA meeting; Vestry meeting; Nov. 19 – Card Crafters; Nov. 21 – Knitting Group.

Thought for the weekWait: Perhaps, if we find ourselves aspiring with some sense of urgency toward the transcendent or heavenly, the wisest thing to do would be to simply wait, and patiently rest in the presence of the seeds lying within the ground of our own being. That might mean encountering painful things, but as John’s Gospel reminds us, a grain of wheat must first fall into the ground and die before it can bear fruit.

– Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues.                    * Boy Scouts meet
Wed. Nov. 13th  * Village Garden Club meeting – 5:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Nov. 18th  * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                              (Parish House)
                             * Ciara Estates Homeowners’ Association meeting –
                               6:30 – 8:00 pm (Parish Hall)
                              * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Tue. Nov. 19th    * Card Crafters Meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
                             * City-wide Thanksgiving service – 7:00 pm (East End Baptist
Thu. Nov. 21st   * Knitting group – 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Nov. 28th  * Thanksgiving Day – Office closed
Sat. Nov. 30th    * Salvation Army 5th Saturday luncheon
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; Susan our bishop-elect; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Marvin & Alice, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Patti, John David, Bette, Larry, David, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, and Katherine.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander, Leon, Alan Vaughan, Sheldon & Elizabeth, Brandon, and Bryan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: John & Ann
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Carol Chamberlain
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury). The Rt. Rev. Carlos López-Lozano – Bishop of the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church.

Flower Dedication: Flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of my mother Schuler Crane by Claiborne.

Birthdays in November
Steven 16                  Kathy 28
Dotty 29                     Betty 30

If you are in need of Pastoral Care

Please call Father Ferguson
Home:  757-484-8409

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

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